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#pounditMonday, March 8, 2021

LeBron James blocks Tiago Splitter dunk in nasty fashion (Video)

LeBron James Tiago SplitterLeBron James absolutely ruined Tiago Splitter on an amazing block during the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

The Spurs had the ball with the shot clock winding down and ran a pick and roll between Tony Parker and Splitter. Parker passed to Splitter, who was going down the lane, and it looked like Splitter would have a wide open dunk. But LeBron left Kawhi Leonard down low and came out of nowhere to swat Splitter’s dunk like a volleyball player stuffing an opponent at the net. It was absolutely a thing of beauty, and one of those plays that will remain on LeBron’s highlight reel forever.

LeBron followed up the block by assisting on a Ray Allen three, and then by stealing the ball and dunking ferociously on a fastbreak to force the Spurs into a timeout.

What was LeBron thinking on that play?

“Protect the rim,” LeBron told ABC’s Doris Burke. “Tony hit him with a great pocket pass, and Splitter had a runway to the rim. I was jut like, ‘Hey, just make a play. You haven’t done much offensively, so just try to change the game some way defensively. I was happy I was able to get a good block.”

LeBron also had a block on Tim Duncan during the first quarter that was impressive, but nowhere near as amazing as the Splitter block:


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